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Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, July 2016

…it does not surprise me at all that the performances here are top notch. We get a very fine rendition of the Richard Strauss Ein Heldenleben as well as that of Mozart’s “Posthorn” Serenade, K.320 featuring horn soloist David Bilger.

A word about The All Star Orchestra. …The members of this orchestra (and to quote the narrated introductory track) are indeed “some of the country’s greatest musicians.” © 2016 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2015

This second release in a series of programmes screened on American TV, the All-star Orchestra gathering together first desk members of their great orchestras. Look to this month’s review under the Gershwin headline to read more about the presentation, this DVD following the same pattern and features another highly coloured score—Richard Strauss’s tone poem, Ein Heldenleben. Gerard Schwarz conducts aversion that is very much about a man of our time living in New York, his life seen through well organized woodwind, smooth strings and sleek brass, with his wife, as portrayed by the violin of David Kim, a very modern young woman with a fiery temper. His day-to-day adversaries are a nasty crowd, ready to knife him if he makes a wrong move, but he evades them, and finally spends his Indian Summer in the countryside well away from Manhattan. As a performance it is full of superbly played solos and is hugely impressive. The other TV programme is divided between a pleasing account of Mozart’s ‘Posthorn’ Serenade and the world premier of the Violin Concerto by Samuel Jones, a member of that group of American composers writing in a style that readily communicates with his audience. At the same time Jones has not become bogged-down by yesteryear, and still looks to create new and interesting sounds. Scored for a modest sized orchestra, the first of three movements is very active and at times pungent; the second is rather sentimental, while the third circulates around extended moto perpetuo passages. It will certainly tax performers, and the concentration on the face of Anne Akiko Meyers speaks volumes. A worthy venture, though I suppose the sad aspect is the fact that the sound system in most televisions will be unable to fully capture the quality of this remarkable orchestra.© 2015 David’s Review Corner

Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, October 2015

Richard Strauss’s orchestral masterpiece Ein Heldenleben and Wolfgang Mozart’s lilting Posthorn Serenade are played with clarity and proficiency… © 2015 The Flip Side Read complete review, September 2015

ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 9: Visions of New York / Program 10: 1001 Arabian Nights - The Legend of Scheherazade (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) 2.110370
ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 11: A Hero’s Life in Music / Program 12: Mozart and a World Premiere (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) 2.110371

These [programs] are…excellent ways for people unfamiliar with classical music to learn about it in an enjoyable rather than strictly educational way.

…these are fine made-for-TV programs that will be of most value to people with some interest in classical music but little understanding of it—although the issues raised in certain shows will resonate with longtime classical-music lovers as well. © 2015 Read complete review

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